Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Catch of the Day and Posts of the Week

One day, about a month ago, my camera and I were sitting out on the dock. I was reading. The camera was waiting patiently for an opportunity to spring into action for me. It's very loyal, that way. The book was The Memory Keeper's Daughter, if you're at all curious and it was okay as sitting-on-a-dock summer reading goes.

Our neighbour to the left (when facing the lake) has a floating dock (in addition to their regular dock) and it was there that this gull caught my eye. It was not just resting there as gulls often do. It was busy working at its newly-caught dinner. It dropped and picked up this small catfish so many times. I figured it was trying to get the angle just right so that he could swallow it and turn his sights to the next catch.

Here's how that went.

catch of the day
Pick it up by the fin. Stand there like that for a few moments looking utterly perplexed.

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Put it down and figure out your next move.

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Pick it up, once more. This thing wriggles too much. Plus it's got googly eyes. What to do.. what to do?

shake shake shake
Go on.. give it a good shake.

dead fish
Yup, it's well and truly dead.

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Now this you can work with. Open wide.

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That's better. In you go.

catch of the day10
Down the hatch. Now, where's dessert?

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And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if your blog post is named as a POTW.



On Depression
by Linda
at The View From Squirrel Ridge

by Bossy Betty
at Bossy Betty



A Visit to the Sweet Shop
by Joeh
at The Cranky Old Man



An Update on Hawks
by Kate
at Chronicles of a Country Girl

by Scott
at Just Used Pixels



The Power of a Rose 
by CiCi
at Liquid Mind, Sanguine Soul

What's HE Doing?
by Ursula
at Friko's World



Samantha's Day 
by Betsy
at My Five Men



Recommended by Tabor:
My Mother's Hats
by Kerry
at Ed and Reub


  Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you


Anonymous said...

A fine catch with your camera, indeed! Congrats to the POTW!!

ADRIAN said...

Another grand story in pictures.

Anonymous said...

That poor fish! Great shots of the gull and its lunch.

Jackie said...

Beautiful photography...as always!

Cloudia said...

Oh I see some good bloggers there, and posts I've missed!

I love you Sisyphusian post, bird edition.

ALOHA from Honolulu
=^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant story of the Gull v the fish, photos are superb.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Nice series with the seagull!

sage said...

I wonder if a catfish fins can be a problem with birds--and if the fin carries the same potency when the fish is dead? Nice photos and good BOTW posts.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Love this series! Dinner!! :)

Anvilcloud said...

I wonder how often they catch fish? I've never seen it, but I guess they do. Back in Sarnia, they lived on fries from the chip trucks by the river. :)

messymimi said...

He looks like he caught something where his eyes were bigger than his stomach!

DJan said...

That was fun to watch the dinner finally going down. I know I'm living right when I've read almost all of your POTWs. :-)

joeh said...

I had the exact thought as Sage.

Great photo story. I thought a catfish hangs on the bottom how did a gull get one? I guess the babies stay in the shallows.

Thx for the honor!

Red said...

We see these actions much better through a good camera lens. Thanks for sitting on the deck.
You have listed some interesting post of the week.

TexWisGirl said...

googly eyes. :) love the gulp!

stephen Hayes said...


Thanks for your recent e-mail. It's always great knowing someone is thinking about you. And I'll be sure to check out these great blogs. Take care.

Linda said...

Great shots...the food chain in action.

Daryl said...

fun series of pix … and excellent POTWs

photowannabe said...

That was one huge Gull dinner.
Thanks for the step by step nosh and the dialogue to go with it.
Now on to the POTW.

Ruth Hiebert said...

What fun to watch the gull like that!

Lisa Gordon said...

What a great series of images, Hilary!

Betty Manousos said...

hi hilary

such beautiful and peaceful photos of the seagull!

absolutely great pictures!


Unknown said...

That is amazing! admit, I've never seen this before. What a great photographer you are to have the sensibilities to capture this scene, Hilary!

Linda said...

Thanks for the mention. Several people followed the link and commented. It's wonderful to get support from people I've never met.

Betsy Brock said...

Thanks so much...I'll tell Samantha that she's now famous. haha. :)

Love your photo shoot of the gull and his wiggly dinner!

Gaylene McPherson said...

Gorgeous photos of a super model! Thanks for the POTW. I am honored!!!

Mage said...

Thank you. :)

ellen abbott said...

loved the pics of the gull and his lunch. I was at the beach earlier this year and there must have been a school of small fish near the shore because the gulls and other sea birds were massing over the water taking dives now and then. saw more than one gull fly off with a catch.

Gail Dixon said...

Hilary, this is an amazing set!! Omg, to see this happen right before your eyes and having your trusty camera there to capture it all...awesome. What a gift you were given that day.

yaya said...

Congrats to the POTW folks..I hope to get over soon and read these! Love the pics, but I'm not a huge fish lover and watching that guy down that fish sort of made me gag..just a bit!

Wendy said...

Cute! Love your captions!!! You certainly got in a lot of clear shots - I think your camera is a keeper and well trained - LOL. Seriously, you take awesome pics!!

I think I read that book, it's familiar somehow. Must look it up again in the library.

Will check out the POTW.

p.s. Do you think the catfish was tasty?

Tammie Lee said...

fun series and capture of life ~

sweet end of summer to you ~

Jenn Jilks said...

This is hilarious! I love your sense of humour.
How'd you do with yesterday's storm?

CiCi said...

Yo, Hilary, thanks for the POTW. Glad you enjoyed the post about the rose. I am still admiring your photos of the gull. It is still raining here, I think the farmers are getting jittery now.

Unknown said...

I feel bad for the little fella but your shot is amazing.

Indrani said...

That is a great series for a good story. :)

Kerry said...

Fish for dinner! Cool series. Thanks to you and Tabor for the potw, which I discovered last night after being away from computers for a week. :-)